Efficiency, Focus, Inspiration, Motivation

Photo via Matt Roy/Lululemon

Photo via Matt Roy/Lululemon

Not necessarily in that order, but you get the jist.

Here's how this started: My birthday passed (November 29) and December hit. And I needed a new found mantra (before this it was Abs for 34...I'd like to keep the abs, so we're still doing that, but...).

So I got to thinking. What's next? Where can I next be excelling? With all this amazing forward movement, what should I be working on now? Where should I focus my energies? What makes sense? What fits the space of my life in this moment?

With the Lululemon Ambassadorship underway (yup! in case you didn't hear! see below!)...

...I really wanted to focus on growing and building and getting the most out of all the opportunities coming my way. If we don't work daily on forward movement, we will inevitably fall behind, or worse, plateau.

And it started the ball rolling. What more could I do? Am I functioning at my highest level? Am I doing everything I want to be doing?

The answer was a quick and obvious NO.

For all the things that were going swimmingly in my life, there were places I could improve.

So I made a mental list. And I decided to commit to it strongly through December. And at the end of December I will reevaluate what I want to continue, what I need to drop, where more I can push into.

And it's been AMAZING you guys!! I've seen more energy with way fewer naps. I've been eating cleaner (aside from the donut splurges of Hannukah;)). I have been doing lots of yoga (studio, private, AND home practice) to stretch. I have been doing barre class regularly to strengthen. And I have been going to PT to recover better.

I have been taking more salt baths, hydrating better, doing 10-20 minute savasanas everyday (okay, most days!). I have been spending more time with my kids and we have been taking Sunday adventures (ice skating, hiking, exploring, rock climbing). I have been present for homework time with my 2nd grader and cooking dinner and eating at home more. I wrote this blog post!

My productivity level has risen tremendously and my creativity has again been sparked. Life feels brighter, conversations deeper, classes more engaged.

My mantra is about efficiency, productivity, vibrance. I ask my riders: What if you hit your goals before the New Year? What then can the New Year bring?

Photo via Matt Roy/Lululemon

Photo via Matt Roy/Lululemon

Expect more. Get more. Be more.

Sore and Soaring

Feeling sore is to feel alive. And that's how I feel today, the day after Zara Terez's Linked Together, Lead Together event. Alive, Empowered, Inspired.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with some of the most influential women in NYC fitness and it was completely humbling and exhilarating.

I got a real taste of how new I am to this amazing industry and how much opportunity is in front of me to grow as not only an instructor, but a leader and motivator.

Patricia Moreno and Natalia Petrzela of Intensati both spoke and their words were powerful, truly moving. They spoke about community and weight of our words, the opportunity we have to change the energy of people's days, the importance and intensity of what we do and how it is so much more than calorie burn or muscle fatigue, but about capability, strength of heart, of will.

And then it got better. Kira Stokes (yes THE Kira Stokes) got up, told us her story, and then kicked our a$$es! Her class was hard. Like really hard. And I was tired (like really tired). And my muscles were already fatigued. And and and... But I did it. All of it. And it made me smile. And it showed me what more I can do. What more I should do.

And today I am sore. And empowered. And it came through in my classes. And the energy was palpable. And today was good.

Thank you Zara. Thank you Patricia. Thank you Natalia. Thank you Kira!

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Side note: after posting some images to instagram Kira commented and mentioned that she noticed me smiling and to "shine on". In that moment I read the comment my respect for her grew exponentially. I have such regard for instructors who instruct well. Who understand and pay attention to their room. Who notice the smiles. I ALWAYS notice the smiles and want you guys to know How Much I Appreciate them! Xx

Being Better

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The last few months have been both crazy and amazing! With a move underfoot, a new studio opening (yay BKHT!!!!!!!), a totally new work schedule, a new school for my oldest daughter, and now already school ending, camp starting....what i mean to say is ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Which is exactly why it's taken me so long to get here to write a second blog post for my super shiny and new website. Sorry guys!

With all the change, has come a lot of growth, for both me and my family AND my career. Classes have been amazing! really amazing! and my daughter is flourishing and reading so much and engaged more than ever. Richie is happy here in Park Slope and Bar is her usual hysterical, ham of a self of course. In short, things are very good.

But with this change in life, compounded by the change in seasons, I try my best to be reflective, be thoughtful, slow down between all the rooster classes and pick ups and drop offs and paperwork and freelance writing and playlist making and food shopping and bath timing and evening class teaching.

It's easy to get caught in the speed of life. It's easy to be doing doing doing all damn day and in the end feel like not enough got done.

I find myself doing stuff, all day, thinking it's for my kids, but, the things they see and feel are different. I spend hours researching the right camps, emailing their teachers, running errands for them.

What they actually need though, is more walks to the playground after school, a stop at the frozen yogurt shop after dinner (local and organic of course! this is Park Slope you guys), a secret note under their pillow from the tooth fairy...

And those are the things I've lost. Being busy for them doesn't equal being busy with them. And as a mom who went from stay-at-home to full time working, there needed to be another shift in work-life balance.

As I get stronger and more comfortable as an instructor, I become more strong and comfortable in myself. It is an opportunity to be a better me, a better mom, a better being. But that shift only happens if I will it.

And these last few weeks I've really been making a big effort to be more careful and thoughtful with my time. I've done more pick ups than usual (my babysitter is amazing and easy to rely upon). I've taken them to the park more (that's where my tan came from for those of you who've asked). Gotten special juices on the way home (Bar is particular about her fresh squeezed orange). Allowed them to get chocolate chips on their yogurt (maybe hell did freeze over?!).

It is summer. And summer is time for fun. To slow down in the heat and cherish these beautiful days.

So here's to Summer 2015! Let's make it a really good one! A really special one! Filled with park days and frozen watermelon. K?!

xoxo,

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